Enrico Rava: Bye Bye Blackbird
Bye Bye Blackbird
Enrico Rava (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Montréal Diary /A - Play Miles Davis (Label Bleu 6639 HM 83)
Stefano Bollani (piano), Enzo Pietropaoli (bass), Roberto Gatto (drums).
Composed by Ray Henderson & Mort Dixon.
Recorded: Montreal, Canada, July 5, 2001
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
Few tunes in the jazz repertoire are more indelibly associated with a single artist than "Bye Bye Blackbird" is with Miles Davis. (Yeah, I know, an obscure tenor player named Coltrane played it once in a while, too.) Trumpeters Rava and Fresu approach the standard with Davis's characteristic lyricism and chromatic skittishness. Pianist Stefano Bollani channels such Miles pianists as Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans in his comping. Bassist Enzo Pietropaoli swings hard on the backside of the beat; his solo has more than an echo of (Paul) Chambers. The superb drummer Roberto Gatto occasionally imbues the performance with a bit of post-boppish rhythmic freedom. When playing this tune, no trumpeter can ever escape the shadow of Miles—especially two so indebted to him stylistically—but that's rather the point of this performance, one supposes. In any case, for all his gifts as an "out" player, Rava never disappoints as a straight-ahead trumpeter. This is a typically fine example of his work "in the tradition."
Reviewer: Chris Kelsey